SOUTHWEST Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool in 1949. Cragg’s main artistic expression is sculpture; however prints are also a strong showcase in his oeuvre. The works included in his series Test Tubes and Bottles are some of the most recognizable and are being represented in the show. In sculpture, he works in metal, glass, and plastic fabrication, as well as in traditional sculpture materials, and applies a casually exquisite draftsmanship to drawings and prints. In the late 1970s, he began making wall sculptures of assembled found objects, and has said, surprisingly, that in doing so he was thinking of van Gogh. Van Gogh, Cragg explained,
wrote about going through the trash as “a fantasy journey through a land of strange forms and colors.” Cragg was elected Royal Academician in 1994. His works are in many private collections but also found extensively in many public collections, including The Tate Gallery in London, the New York Public Library and Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Albertina Museum in Vienna, and several corporate collections among them Estee Lauder. In 2007 he was awarded the Praemium Imperiale, a major prize for outstanding achievement in the arts that is given by the Japan Art Association.
Terence La Noue's uniquely riven and reassembled sculptural-paintings have gained him worldwide recognition and over a hundred and forty acclaimed solo exhibitions throughout London, Paris, Tehran, Stockholm, Cologne, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Tucson, and Scottsdale. Museums such as The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Tate Modern in London, and others in Japan, Singapore, France and Australia, have included his work in their permanent collections. One of the most intriguing qualities behind La Noue's brilliantly colored mixed-media paintings, is the way La Noue
creates them. He starts by combining layers of colored acrylic with cotton netting and acrylic saturated canvas into low-relief molds, and allows them to dry overnight. La Noue then proceeds to cut the dried reliefs into sections and shards, which he later unites in various ways to make up a finished work. The ending effect is a multidimensional art piece that is part mosaic, part tapestry, part painting, and even part sculpture. The diverse shapes, colors, and textures that are created invite the viewer to divulge into the intricacies of the painting, while at the same time, enjoy the work of art as a whole.
Tony Cragg Zane Bennett Santa Fe [through Jan 28 - Feb 18]
Cragg, Spores, T.P.E., 1988, etching, 23”x24.5”.
Terence La Noue Bentley Scottsdale AZ [through Feb 6 - Feb 26]
Terence La Noue, Return to Dakar, multimedia on wood, 33”x46”.
Mike Stack & Steve Murphy
Mike Stack constructs paintings of thin horizontal strips of oil paint, for a color field that shifts vertically in shimmering optical effect. Like so many modern painters, his works are fundamentally two–dimensional yet convey a subtle illusion of depth. His drawings are highly worked, spontaneous exercises in process, where order is wrought from non-specific gesture. In his introductory exhibit, Steve Murphy takes the Minimalist road to expression in highly refined, severely reduced metal sculpture. His simple shapes are proportioned to create substantial volumetric weight and seductive 360 degree views. Both these art-
ists have accomplished the abstract ideal of provoking thought and emotion through non-definable form.
Davis Dominguez Tucson [through Feb 26]
(above)Michael Stack, Pilot, 2010, oil on linen. (left)Murphy, Big Brother, 2007, leadened wood.
An issue of American Contemporary Art magazine, published in January 2011.